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EgyptAir hijacker in custody, all passengers freed

The hijacking of a Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight that was diverted to Cyprus ended relatively peacefully Tuesday when the plane's crew and passengers safely left the aircraft and authorities took the hijacker into custody.

"The hijacker has just been arrested," Cyprus government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said on Twitter, adding a few minutes later, "All passengers and crew are safe."

Cyprus state television showed video of the hijacker, wearing a white shirt, being led away by a phalanx of police. Earlier, Homer Mavrommatis, director of the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs Crisis Management Center, had confirmed he was in custody.

An early report that the hijacker was armed with explosives appears to be false, said Alexandros Zinon, permanent secretary for the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Shortly before news of the arrest, video of the aircraft, which was parked on the tarmac at Cyprus' Larnaca International Airport, showed people leaving the plane, one through a window, CNN reports.

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